Three park buildings in progress at Fort Worden

Makers Square permits in hand

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected to reflect a higher budget than was published and other aspects of the Makers Square project.

PORT TOWNSEND — The city of Port Townsend has approved three building permits for Makers Square at Fort Worden with a valuation of more than $6.8 million.

The area for Makers Square is located behind Taps at the Guardhouse, a pub and eatery at 300 Eisenhower Ave., near the entrance to Fort Worden.

Construction began in July; planning started in 2014. The project is expected to be finished next fall.

The permits are for buildings 305, 308 and 324, which all need intensive renovations. The permits also cover associated site work, said Megan Claflin, Fort Worden Public Development Authority grants and public relations manager.

The overall valuation of the three permits issued Aug. 20 is $6,882,337, with the individual permits being $5,539,352 for building 305’s renovations and its site work, $618,927 for building 308’s renovations and $724,058 for building 324’s renovations, according to city records.

The overall cost predicted to get these three buildings renovated for the Makers Square is $13.4 million, Claflin said.

Makers Square, which will be an arts and cultural center, is being funded solely through a capital campaign.

More information about Makers Square can be found at


Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at

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